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. mitt romney canceled his events for two days. barack obama returned to the white house. >> the center of the storm is going to hit landfall sometime this evening, but because of the nature of this storm, we are certain that this is going to be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country and millions of people are going to be affected. >> the holbrooke family are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the storm to do its worse. >> if we get a lot of water in the back yard it could lap over so we're going to sandbag that when we're done filling the up water here. we have a ton of food upstairs. most of it is nonperishable. if the refrigerator goes out we can eat for days. >> thousands of flights have been canceled, creating chaos for travelers. this family is from cornwall, making their first visit to new york, now won't be able to know when they'll get home. >> it was nothing on the radar when we left home. also the concern of delays going home later in the week. i think, yes, this is really quite anxious. we'd rather come at a different time. >> this is a once in
of them can't finted - find jobs these days. obama got 60 percent of the vote there. that was a growing african-american community there as well. and so obama has target to get out and vote. african-american voters and singleles and crowd. and they would like to get the same turn out. romney has to go in the old neighborhood in the outer suburbs was columbus and by the way, that is where a number of romny and ryan campaigns. >> we are not ready for the yet. but who do you see winning the election? >> i see romney winning the election. i see him generally ahead in the polls and i see him, i see president obama at fren percent. that is not because people don't know him. you have 53 percent last time. 100 percent of the people know him and observed him closely for four years and you can't help but observe the president closely and only 47 percent are voting for him f. the election were held would he have the 270 vote majority nailed i think so but not sure. we have seen the situation where winninglet popular vote didn't win the electorial vote. but he's clearly within reach of 270 electora
>> chris: i'm chris wallace, with nine days until the election, obama an romney pull out all the stops. ♪ >> chris: it is the swing state show down. as the candidates crisscross the country. we'll discuss where the race stands and what issues matter most, with senators from the states who will decide the election. republicans rob portman of ohio. and ron johnson of wisconsin. democrats mark warner of virginia and mark udall of colorado and how does the electoral map look going in to the last week of the campaign, we'll ask the sunday panel where the race will be won and lost and from fine debate to around the clock rallies, we're on the stretch, on the trail. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and, hello, again, from fox news in washington. we'll get to our coverage of the presidential race, in a moment. but, first, that huge storm that is bearing down on the east coast, threatening millions, as well as disrupting campaign schedules. here's the latest on the storm from the fox news extreme weather center, in new york. >> chris, yes, the storm likely we've nev
, the next-to-last independent bookstore with a mind of its own, the next to last leftie looking for obama nirvana. [laughter] the first day of the wall street occupation set forth upon this continent a new revolutionary nation. [applause] >> in addition to its own programming as -- of artist talks, meridian has been a downtown host for san francisco states well-known port trees center. recent luminaries have included david meltzer, steve dixon, and jack hirsch man. >> you can black as out of the press, blog and arrest us, tear gas, mace, and shoot us, as we know very well, you will, but this time we're not turning back. we know you are finished. desperate, near the end. hysterical in your flabbergastlyness. amen. >> after the readings, the crowd headed to a reception upstairs by wandering through the other gallery rooms in the historic home. the third floor is not usually reserved for just parties, however. it is the stage for live performances. ♪ under the guidance of musical curators, these three, meridian has maintained a strong commitment to new music, compositions that are innovati
. obama whose day job is calling. abc's political correspondent jonathan karl has the details. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise, a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama it meant canceling two upcoming campaign events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape. we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we're anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too, a chance for the president to show decisive leadership or take the blame if the response is bungled. all told, 16 campaign events have already been canceled. mitt romney canceled three in virginia. moving westward to ohio where he met up with paul ryan. >> today when we get home, put in our prayers the people who are in the east coast in the wake of this big storm that's coming. let's not forget those fellow americans of ours. >> reporter: the race is as close as
the debates gave him a second look to carry him through election day. obama folks, look at the electoral map map. we could be in for quite a finish if they are both right. >> they are both right. we talked the popular vote. polling out today, if you look at the president's lead for instance on the west coast in california, the lead has been cut in half. i have done back to the envelope map. romney makes up 6 million, 7 million, 8 million votes. he could pick up a bunch of votes in the non-battleground states. go to the battleground. i'll show how easy it is. if you take today's polls, the president is winning in virginia. wisconsin is on the ground. it leans toward the president. now you give him new hampshire and he sits at 270. that's giving romney ohio, florida and iowa and colorado. that's this issue of the battleground versus the popular. >> more to come from chuck todd. thank you very much. i want to get to the battleground governors. rachel maddow is here from msnbc. carly fiorina. david baracrooks from "the washington post." i feel it's going to be dominated by the economy. it can ti
failed predictions because the bull [bleeped] harvest of obama's presidency would wait for no man. >> barack obama met with king abdullah. and what did he do? he bowed. >> free obama phones. free obama money. >> wealth redistribution. >> $200 million a day on the india trip. >> why doesn't he show his birth certificate? >> we've got acorn, we've got community organization. >> the rapper common. >> global apology tour. >> death panel. >> the obama indoctrination. >> obama brand reparations. >> obama is destroying this country. >> the mosquing of america. >> we're establishing literally a command center for terrorism right at the 9/11 site. >> jon: literally. it is a literal command center for terrorism that we established at the site of 9/11. why would we do that? [laughter] but we did. literally. who would do such a thing, kill our grandmas, brainwash our children, institute shira law, bankrupt the children with $200 million a day travel habits? setting aside that the president didn't actually do any of those things, why would the president do these things? >> the president's a co
storm. nipe days of barnstorming ahead. one part of the perfect storm, barack obama's heroic push to get out the vote. at mitt romney's own excited troops. the gush of tv ads inundating the swing states. both sides with cy war and romney forces call charge, we're winning, join us or be left behind. if you don't vote we could have bush versus gore all over again. the economy, stupid. friday the last jobs report before the election. last month, it gave the president a boost. will the october number matter more? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, "time" magazine's joe klein. the bbc's katty kay. cnbc's kelly evans. and "the washington post's" david ignatius. first up, we're staring down at the wind tunnel now but historic perfect political storm in the coming nine days of this campaign. and these closing days when we played out in mind games on both sides. the president saying he jist wants to hold on -- he just wants to hold on. >> what we have is a lead that we've maintained throughout this campaign. and we are going to just continue to drive home the message that the
all over this country nine more days. >> reporter: on cnn senior obama advisory david axelrod was asked how the storm would impact the race. >> we have to focus on how to help people during the storm and hope it clears out and that by the next weekend we'll be free of it and people can focus on the election. >> reporter: now romney heads to the swing state of iowa on monday. he got a boost with the endorsement of the des moines register. the paper has not endorsed a republican since richard nixon. that was 40 years ago. the president was unable to revive the struggling economy. and no sign of four more years. jan crawford, cbs news, marion, ohio. >> coming up, calculating the cost of hurricane sandy. and insurance companies gear up for an onslaught of claims. this is the "cbs morning news". claims. this is the "cbs morning news". clusters of pustules, pimples. i had this shingle rash right next to my spine. the soreness was excruciating. it was impossible to even think about dancing. when you're dancing, your partner is holding you. so, his hand would have been right in the sp
look in such a way that he can carry that through election day. the obama folks say look at the electoral math. we could be in for quite a finish here, if they're both right. >> they could be both right. because we've talked about the popular vote thing and let me throw you -- we've seen some polling out today. if you look at the president's lead, for instance, on the west coast in california, the lead has been cut in half. i've done some math, you can see where mitt romney makes up some 6 to 8 million votes. john mccain lost by 10 million votes. he could pick up a whole bunch of votes in the battleground states. let's go to our battleground map. we have the president winning in virginia, wisconsin is a state that just feels on the ground is something that leans toward the president. now you just give him new hampshire, and he sits at 270, that's with giving romney ohio, that's with giving romney florida. that's with giving him iowa. that's with giving him colorado. that's this issue of the battleground versus the popular vote. >> all right. more to come from chuck todd.
to the polls on election day. barack obama, to say, i have a lead with women voters, so let's make sure we get them out on election day and let's give them a reason to show up. this is what he thinks is the reason women will show up and vote for employer. host: a story in the quad city times -- iowa is the focus of our conversation right now with my glover, a senior writer for the associated press. let's hear from david on our independent line in texas. caller: hello. i believe obama has no problem. this is the media just keeping the news going. i am in texas. i am over 60. out of my whole family there are two of us that have landlines. i get maybe 86 or so calls per month on my machine. -- 8 or calls. being in texas, hardly any troop question is going to vote for romney, who is a mormon. he has no chance. host: let's get a response. are you seeing any of those concerns in iowa? guest: i can tell you this. i'm over 60 as well, so i understand that. we are getting phone calls in iowa. the issue of romney's religion is an issue i raised with him when he ran a pull your years ago and its initial
question. i mean, i think, you know, the president certainly has a chance to show up over the next few days and be talking about this as we have seen from president obama. we also have obviously the chance to have extended power outages depending on the type of potential destruction here. so, yes, i think there will be places, there will be towns that will be without power for several days, if not maybe even ten days, and that takes us certainly well into election time and past that could certainly be implicated with this weather system. >> you know, it's amazing to go to the stores. i withant to a bunch of cvss yesterday looking around for batteries. c battery, d batteries, they're all gone. you assume they'll always be on the shelves. it's just gone. people are in for the long haul i think without electricity. >> well, you know what? that's -- what we saw with this early on was the potential for this wind damage and these power outages. so, you know, when quur talking about 60 million people that will be impacted and forecasting 10 million people without power, you're going to lose batter
, professor. this is the since the 1st of september, over the past 60 days. in blue is obama and biden visits here, 22. red is romney-ryan, 38 visits since september first. the columbus dispatch had it deed even over the weekend. how do you see the state right now? >> i see it incredibly close and competitive. romney was tied yesterday. his private trackings they claim have him a bit up. don't be surprised, bill, if you see a poll popping even today with romney up. they have been concentrating a lot of effort and time by romney, by ryan, by surrogates on ohio. and so of course have the obama people. look you're standing at ground zero, bill. i know you're a native ohio and think you're a native cincinnati and that is ground zero in ohio, ohio. and, bill, you know this, ohio is played this role since the 19th century. it is incredible how often our close presidential elections come down to ohio. bill: yeah, we were in touch with the romney team over the weekend. what they really like to brag about, professor, that that poll showed them up 18 points among independents. that is really given them
for the white house only eight days away. sandy making her presence known on the trail. president obama canceling an hour ago a trip he planned to orlando, florida. he will monitor the storm in the white house. the romney team dropping fund-raising e-mails up and down the east coast. over the next two hours we will talk to the voters of this critical state, especially in the southwestern part of the state and talk about why ohio could be the most critical battleground state of 2008, martha. martha: you about first, bill, team fox coverage on this monster storm. rick leventhal live in point pleasant beach, new jersey, maria molina tracking storm in the extreme weather center. let's get started with wrik on the shore where the effects of sandy are just beginning to be femt. good morning, rick. >> reporter: good morning, martha. conditions deteriorating here. my rain suit covered with sand and as sandy starts to reach the jersey shore. this town is under mandatory evacuation order. this is not barrier island but officials were worried because they expected surge to be significant. you can
's eight days until the presidential election. president obama and mitt romney being forced to change plans as the storm approaches. more on that in just a moment. first, lets ae go right to bill karins for the very latest on this hurricane. bill . >>> good morning to you, willie. new update from the national hurricane center. there was zero good news spread by them. the storm has increased in intensity a little bit. now we're looking at possibly 80 to 90 mile per hour landfall. maybe the storm surge could be a little bit worse. this is not what anyone wanted to hear. the winds are now the up to 85 miles per hour. that's a healthy hurricane. for this time of year it's ridiculous. you don't get these this far north this time of year. it's moving to the north at 15. now only about 350 to 400 miles away from new york city. here's the new forecast path. they shifted it just a little bit south. it was up here in central jersey and now they lowered it a little bit towards wildwood. that's a better forecast for a few spots including philadelphia. it's one of those rare events where the winds will
rallies. as the presidential campaign enter the home stretch with just eight days to go. the weathers forced dramatic change of plans. we have chief coverage. chief political correspondent carl cameron is with romney campaign in iowa. ed henry is not. with a look at how president obama is handling this emergency, much differently than the last. good evening, ed. >> the president took heat from how he reacted to benghazi. so they are struggling and scrambling to stay on top of the storm with the rain and wind whipping around in washington. aides say the president stuck here and off the campaign trail until wednesday. >> i just received a full briefing from energy response teams. >> the last time president obama faced a crisis, the terror attack in libya last month he went ahead with campaign events in nevada and colorado. given sandy's wrath closer to the election this time is intent to look presidential. today he canceled series of campaign vents and convening a high-level conference call in white house situation room. >> this is going to be a big and powerful storm. all across the ea
for president obama. >> the president said his day job was the top focus. >> our number one priority is to are saving lives. >> mitt romney in ohio pleaded for donations of a different kind. >> if you think about making a to the red cross. >> a complete halt, both teams is spending campaign events. mitt romney bus used to deliver food and walter. they're encouraging people to take in those yard signs so they e dangerousm projectiles. of it all is pivotal, .ust eight days left many wonder what election will if there are widespread power outages. >> their plan for extended hours for absentee voting. >> it would mean -- voters might as a blessing, the loss of campaign commercials and phone calls. >> the u.s. labor department is hopeful it can release the october jobs report friday. unemployment is at 7.8%. that is always important. the board of elections is the offices to be whommodating to anyone early because about getting to next tuesday. maryland counseled early voting today. -- cancelled early voting today. are not on, you can wjla.com.andy news on make sure you have far app on you
the city respond to sandy. >>> santdy is impacting the election l sas well, which is j eight days away. president obama has cancelled campaign events in virginia and ohio to monitor the situation. mitt romney scrapped plans as well. instead, he joined running mate paul ryan in ohio. he made sure supporters knew sandy was still on his mind. >> and it's a time of celebration for us. it's a time of importance and significance. i know that right now some people in the country are concerned about a storm about to hit the coast, and our thoughts and prayers are with people who will find themselves in harm's way. >> romney is scheduled to many campaign again today in ohio. and he'll stop in iowa and wisconsin. >> it's forced governor o'malley to cancel early voting in maryland. voting was supposed to run through thursday. governor o'malley says he hopes he can extend that through friday to make up for today. >>> people in d.c. are gearing up for sandy's impact. >> that includes neighborhoods prone to power outages and flooding. news 4's megan mcgrath is live in the bloomingdale section of the
more on that. >> reporter: when the campaigns remaining days president obama is forced to juggle dual responsibilities. ensuring sandy's readiness and fighting for his re-election. >> make shurg we have the best response to a big messy system. >> we will have to take a look. >> with several swing states in the path the storm is having an impact on some early voting. the key to success for both campaigns. maryland's governor suspending early voting in the state tomorrow and both campaigns today announcing they have halted fund-raising e-mails. in rural ohio mitt romney joining his running mate after cansling stops in virginia. >> i know right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm about to hit the coast and our thoughts and prayers are with the people who will find themselves in harm's way. >> both campaigns are touting a stream of newspaper endorsements, including the des moines register that is supporting mr. romney. the first time the iowa paper has backed a republican in 40 years. >> again, that was peter alexander reporting. all right. we are back after
for this mess when in my eyes it's the democrats that caused it. and barack obama -- host: how much are you looking at how the candidates perform over the next couple of days and handle a difficult situation? caller: well barack obama has proven he cannot be trusted. host: good morning. caller: it's kind of a funny thing that these people go all over the world telling other nations how to rule and the majority of the american people don't know how to vote. you got barack obama for the mess the country was in and all of a sudden the country forgot what he done. now what they're doing, the republicans [inaudible] you wait until romney get in there. see how you like that. host: roger we have a comment coming in on twitter that says -- what do you think about that? caller: well i was born in the caribbean and when i was a kid i used to wait for -- host: there was some talk yesterday looking at how the storm could impact the campaign. here is what was said on cnn let's take a listen. >> in terms of how it affect it is election, i don't think anybody knows. we want access to the polls because we
ago explaining how the obama campaign will spend their focus over the next couple of days. what president obama plans to do, but just a short time after that call, the romney campaign put out a statement, and let's just show this very quickly if we can from the communications director saying out of sensitivity for the millions of americans in the path of hurricane sandy, we are cancelling tonight's events with governor romney in wisconsin and congressman ryan in melbourne, and lakeland, florida. we are also cancelling all events currently scheduled for both governor romney and congressman ryan on tuesday. governor romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those americans who are in harm's way. we will provide additional details regarding their schedules when they are available. so at this point right now, suzanne, the state of the campaign, president obama was supposed to hold a rally this morning in florida. he did not attend. he came back to washington. governor romney is participating in some campaign events as we speak, but th
to pollster obama. bolstering obama through like a full charm offensive. first, he will be there with the shres rolled up. then the tide will be gone. then the jacket by the third day. the fema offensive in boxers doing a briefing. i think a lot of this coverage is frightening. to the kids at home, don't be scared. monsters in the sky only come down to eat you if you talk back to your parents. >> eric: you make a good point, bob, turn-out. clearly across the board, you hear people saying a high turn-out would benefit president obama. >> bob: yeah. >> eric: a storm will put a damper on turnout. >> bob: probably not seven days from tomorrow. but damper on turn-out for people voting early. >> kimberly: maryland. >> bob: they're turned out already. >> dana: people who don't have power they don't want to take call from the phone bank. the last thing they want. they want to hear from the power company. >> bob: can i make a point about the negatives. i agree that it would make sense to put the positive ads on. remember so few people out there undecided right now. they are
close to 80 percent of voters in your state will vote before election day and romney catch says they are winning in absentee requests and early voting and they say they are will swinging the suburbs around denver that went for obama four years ago. >>guest: good morning, chris. we have a great ground game here in colorado. you are right, about 80 percent of the votes will be cast before election day but colorado will go for a president who is overseeing slow but dead difficult economic growth with 8 percent, and the colorado people look if a leader who says what he means and means what he says. so, governor romney has three problems in colorado: we do not know if it is moderate mitt (o) me, too, mitt, that will serve as president and he has been unfriendly to hispanics and latinos and women in this state are pro choice and want to make their own health care decisions. the republican party has said to women, we know what is best and we don't want you to make your own decisions and that is why president obama will carry colorado. >>chris: now, the economy, which everyone agrees is
president obama and mitt romney's campaign plans with just eight days before america votes. >>> and the san francisco giants are 2012 world series champions. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. hurricane sandy is bearing down on the east coast. 60 million people are bracing for impact across the northeast with waves growing ever more ominous overnight. and the threat of storm surges anywhere from four to 11 feet high. this is the scene about 100 miles north of boston. hundreds of thousands have been told to evacuate in coastal areas all the way into new england. the mid-atlantic is already dealing with flooding from a storm that has claimed 65 lives in the caribbean and has the potential to paralyze new york and other big cities. >>> this morning, president obama signed three emergency declarations for connecticut, and rhode island, clearing the way for fema. let's get right to bill karins and the weather channel forecast. what's it looking like right now. >> sandy is an amazing anomaly. this storm this time of year should not be t
obama, to say, i have a lead with women voters, so let's make sure we get them out on election day and let's give them a reason to show up. this is what he thinks is the reason women will show up and vote for employer. host: a story in the quad city times -- iowa is the focus of our conversation right now with my glover, a senior writer for the associated press. let's hear from david on our independent line in texas. caller: hello. i believe obama has no problem. this is the media just keeping the news going. i am in texas. i am over 60. out of my whole family there are two of us that have landlines. i get maybe 8 or so calls per month on my machine. being in texas, hardly any true christian is going to vote for romney, who is a mormon. he has no chance. host: let's get a response. are you seeing any of those concerns in iowa? guest: i can tell you this. i'm over 60 as well, so i understand that. we are getting phone calls in iowa. the issue of romney's religion is an issue i raised with him when he ran a pull your years ago and its initial history sensitive about man does not like
but i think for mitt romney and from barack obama, for the last six days of the campaign, assuming it does start up on wednesday again, i bet it's a slightly different tone. >> i think mother nature might take over. thank you, chuck todd. great reporting and analysis, as always. coming up, we'll continue to track sandy as it bears down on the east coast now under an hour, by the way, from making landfall. it's out there coming close. back with more after this. >>> welcome back to "hardball." there you saw it. did you see that crane going down in manhattan? it's a very powerful tropical storm and an hour from making landfall, sandy is. you just saw a partially collapsed crane there that we got on film and it hangs precariously. rehema ellis is live at the scene. this has become iconic with what is happening with the situation. >> reporter: it really has. the crane is starting to sway with the gusting winds, the high, gusting winds that we have. if it was dangerous before, it is absolutely frightening now. police were afraid that this would happen so they created this collapse zone.
the debt. that isn't going to work. president obama is making the case over this last nine days about what he would do if he is handed a second term and he would builds on the successes of the last four years. we trapped the president into an airplane that was headed to the ground at mach speed and he has righted, now, the airplane. we are headed in the right direction. he deserved another term. >>chris: senator portman weigh in on the obama agenda and his record and, also, questions about romney's record and whether it is a return to the policies of george w. bush. >>guest: chris, it is simple why governor romney is doing so were better in ohio. people are focused on the economy and jobs and mitt romney has a land that is pro growth and pro jobs and president obama doesn't. when you look at the last four years they are disappointed. we are living through the weakest economic recovery since the great depression, there are 22 million americans struggling to find works and 3.5 million more women in poverty. take home pay has gone down $4,300 per family. president obama has the glossy brochur
. he also canceled an event in virginia. >> michelle obama got out of washington a day early and spent the night here in chicago. she will fly to iowa for a couple campaign appearances and then get back to chicago where she will wait out the storm. she has canceled an appearance tomorrow in new hampshire. >> mitt romney cancelled events in virginia and new hampshire and is moving his campaign and land. inland. both campaigners are urging supporters to donate to storm charities. >> hms bounty was in distress about 90 mi. southeast of north carolina. the captain gave the order to abandon ship at a coast and the coast guard helicopter was sent to rescue crew members from lifeboats. two members of the cruel are still missing. this is a photo of the hms bounty known for the mutiny that took place. it was the start of the movie mutiny on the bounty starring marlon brando. >> the victim has been identified as 68 year-olda 68 year-old retired bus driver. his neighbors said he was a great guy who was kind and giving. to see the house this afternoon you would never know there was anything tha
, change has come to america. >> gretchen: that was president obama on election day back in 2008. you remember he promised a new america of hope and change. my next guest, michael goodwin, he believed him then, but says maybe not this time voted for president obama in 2008. four years later, he's making a change of his on. michael, you say you have a confession to make. >> right. yes. i'm voting for mitt romney this time of the in my column, i explain why. just looking at the president there, you remember sort of the high hopes i think that at that point, after the election, what everybody was hoping that he would do. i was among those who hoped he would do what he said he would do, which was essentially unite the country around core principles and not everybody, but 60, 65% of the public to support big issue, big reforms, then you really have change in america. >> gretchen: instead, many people argue that the last four years have been the most partisan time in politics ever. >> yes. i have think he's, as i say in the column, why i turned against him essentially. i think he's dishoust
the election l sas well, which is j eight days away. president obama has cancelled campaign events in virginia and ohio to monitor the storm here from washington. he has also cancelled an appearance tomorrow here in colorado. mitt romney scrapped plans to spend yesterday in virginia. instead, he joined running mate paul ryan in ohio. the republican presidential nominee campaigning again today in ohio. he'll stop in iowa and wisconsin after that. the storm has also put early voting in maryland on hold. those hoping to cast their ballots before next week's election will have to wait at least a day as governor o'malley cancelled all early voting. early voting started on saturday. a lot of people lined up to get it done before the storm. voting was supposed to end on thursday, but it may be extended. complete coverage of hurricane sandy on our website, nbcwashington. nbcwashington.com. while you are online, you can sign up with breaking news and weather alerts. >>> new this morning, a woman faces charges accused of falsely reporting her car was stolen with her three young children inside, triggeri
will get blown off course next. ♪ gerri: we are, of course, in the final days of the election, but with hurricanes and the hammering down the east coast of president obama and mitt romney scrapping most of their events for today and tomorrow. canceling all of their advance, are we looking at the october surprise? joining me now, 64 impact chairman and democratic strategist. let's start with you. i wants to place some sound from obama and see what you make of what he had to say today. here's a president. >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. mario but the impact on families and the impact on our first responders. more about the impact on our economy and i'm transportation. the election will take care of itself next week. gerri: jonathan, the seas for the presidents look presidential. >> i think he has been looking presidential for four years, but i'm biased. there is no doubt he is concerned about the disaster and what could happen. but in a disaster presidents look presidential and the nation says to rally around them. so -- gerri: the natural cou
my campaign during this, he lets obama take the stage for the commander in chief the next few days and romney disappears. risk looking too political but he doesn't have a choice. >> it's worth noting we got an update that team romney released a statement on scheduling for today and tomorrow, a director writes, quote, out of sensitivity for the millions of americans in the path of the hurricane we are canceling events tonight. they say they are canceling all events scheduled for governor romney and congressman ryan on tuesday. joining us to talk about this, live from the white house, is nbc's chuck todd. chuck, we were a 're talking abg a candidate right now a week before election day and also not wanting to seem overtly political in a time of national crisis. your assessment of the situation? >> well, i'm not surprised that they went ahead and canceled it. what was he going to say? it was like the president this morning, be i was surprised when he went ahead and left last night from here to wake up in orlando and i think they realized they woke up in the morning going what is he go
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